Patriotism and Black Internationalism

Grant, Nicholas (2023) Patriotism and Black Internationalism. Modern American History. ISSN 515-0456 (In Press)

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This article asks if the politics of patriotism and Black internationalism are compatible. Focusing on the activism of Paul Robeson, it traces how Black radicals responded to anticommunist harassment by re-imagining the United States in ways that accounted for the global racial and imperial forces that structured the nation from its founding. Robeson vocally confronted the politics of ‘un-Americanism’ by calling for a fundamental transformation of the nation and its self-professed ideals. This meant challenging narrow definitions of patriotism as advanced by the nation-state, while at the same time connecting demands for full American citizenship to transnational struggles for Black/anticolonial liberation. As historians, we need to be attentive to the ways in which Black activists navigated their global and national allegiances, which acknowledging how the politics of patriotism could be reworked to push for civil and human rights across national borders.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: black internationalism,anticommunism,patriotism,robeson,cold war,black freedom struggle,4* ,/dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/REFrank/4_
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > American Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 16 May 2023 08:31
Last Modified: 16 May 2023 08:31

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